60 votes
Accepted

Metal spike with heavy metal cord found in front lawn

It's a grounding rod, probably 8 or 10 feet long, such as is required for any residential installation. They're usually proximal to the breaker panel or fuse box in the home or outbuilding. You may ...
isherwood's user avatar
  • 138k
27 votes
Accepted

Is running over your extension cable with an electric lawn mower dangerous?

Minimal protection when using a corded electric lawnmower is to power it from a GFCI protected outlet/circuit. If your outdoor outlets do not have GFCI built in, or if you are running your extension ...
CactusCake's user avatar
  • 1,072
23 votes

Is running over your extension cable with an electric lawn mower dangerous?

Yes, but the better question is "how dangerous?", and the answer is "not very". Assuming your outdoor outlets are up to modern code, they're protected by GFCI and will trip even without a high-...
R.. GitHub STOP HELPING ICE's user avatar
23 votes

Where does the lawn string trimmer line go?

While you can get trimmers that use blades, they are obviously no longer string trimers at that point, even if they came from the factory with a string head. Notably, they have considerably more risk ...
Ecnerwal's user avatar
  • 214k
11 votes
Accepted

Yard floods - will replacing a floway drain with a rainwater drain resolve this

You can always dig up and replace plumbing, install catch basins, etc. if you want to spend money, but if this was your bathroom sink drain that was clogging up instead of the yard drain, the first ...
FreeMan's user avatar
  • 47.3k
9 votes

Is running over your extension cable with an electric lawn mower dangerous?

Electric with cable, hands down. They are cheaper than battery powered, and all electric mowers will be much quieter than gas powered mowers. The only consideration is if your yard is too large for a ...
tilde's user avatar
  • 230
6 votes

Specialty tool needed for Stihl muffler removal

After staring at my photo for a few minutes I realized these are just plugs. After prying out the plugs the Torx bit presented its self.
user1451630's user avatar
4 votes

Is running over your extension cable with an electric lawn mower dangerous?

I use an electric mower with a power cable and have three yards that need mowing. I don't have a problem but have become skilled at cable management. Its important to know where your cable is and ...
Stevernator's user avatar
4 votes

Does sand help with drainage or marshy lawns around a house?

I would not expect that a layer of surface sand will help the problem, you will just have sandier mush. If you're getting runoff from surrounding properties, more water is coming in than the ground ...
fixer1234's user avatar
  • 6,118
4 votes

Where does the lawn string trimmer line go?

You're right, there are little bits of plastic that break off and end up on the ground. There are different types of heads for trimmers that can minimize this. Basically they use different types of ...
jwh20's user avatar
  • 23.3k
4 votes

Can I lay sod overtop of a seeded yard where some of the seed has started growing?

Sure. The sod doesn't much care what organic material it's installed over. The new grass and straw will decompose with time. Be aware that sod isn't a magic bullet. It won't grow over poor quality ...
isherwood's user avatar
  • 138k
4 votes
Accepted

Do I need to collect clippings from a hand-push lawn mower?

If you mow frequently (which is a good idea with these, as they bog down on long grass) the clippings will compost in place. There are also grass-catcher add-ons widely available for reel mowers. They ...
Ecnerwal's user avatar
  • 214k
3 votes

Is running over your extension cable with an electric lawn mower dangerous?

I have an electric hover mower, and a couple of years ago, I mowed over the electric cable. It went bang. The blades stopped turning (very quickly 1 or 2 seconds). No sparks or anything untoward. ...
Neil's user avatar
  • 221
3 votes
Accepted

How can I prevent my lawnmower from spreading red thatch?

1 cup (5% laundry) bleach to 1 gallon water is usually a good bet to kill most things. Use in a well ventilated area, and never mix ammonia and bleach. (Which you all should know already, but ...
Ecnerwal's user avatar
  • 214k
3 votes

How to manage water pooling at a particular spot in my lawn?

Cut the down spout off about a foot and one half. Then fix a 45° bend to the bottom of the downspout. Now install a 3-4' section onto that elbow and extend it out onto the lawn. The rain water ...
Paul Logan's user avatar
  • 6,930
3 votes

Kobalt Weed Eater unspools immediately on running

Your problem is most likely related to not getting the spring and spool stops inside the spool housing assembled correctly. A spring is normally used to keep the spool pushed up against a clutch or ...
Michael Karas's user avatar
  • 64.6k
3 votes

Where does the lawn string trimmer line go?

Maybe you could get some blades like this: When they hit something to hard they yield instead of breaking. Search for Weed Wacker or Weed Warrior. Cudos to you for trying to prevent more plastic ...
boatcoder's user avatar
  • 131
3 votes

Can I lay sod overtop of a seeded yard where some of the seed has started growing?

Clover lawn. There is not that much dirt in sod. It wont provide a lasting increase in elevation. Plus the dirt underneath stays poor. I learned this by trying to lay sod on concrete. It works for ...
Willk's user avatar
  • 6,593
3 votes

Drainage for a gravel surface lot between buildings that was previously grass?

Depending on local rules, you may need on-site stormwater management (surface slopes to a holding area/soakaway - either on the surface as a vegetated swale, (which offers some bio-filtration of ...
Ecnerwal's user avatar
  • 214k
2 votes

What made these burrows and holes in my lawn (Picture inside)

There are both species in your area. In the wintertime, the gophers go deep below the frost line. Pocket gopher pups do leave open holes like this without a mound of dirt. Typically this indicates ...
Gopher Expert's user avatar
2 votes

Kobalt Weed Eater unspools immediately on running

I just figured out the answer to the problem. I had this exact same problem and just fixed it. The problem is the winding of the cutting filament. As long as all the mechanics look correct and working ...
Joe Conard's user avatar
2 votes

How can I prevent my lawnmower from spreading red thatch?

Power wash it using an appropriate cleaner / disinfectant. Never heard of red thatch (sounds like an STD...) but that would be my first action. Of course you may need to take care where the waste ...
Solar Mike's user avatar
  • 27.4k
2 votes

Sprinkler Anti Siphon valve is leaking from cap

The anti-siphon valve is a one-way valve that should allow air in when there is a lower pressure inside the system but should close when there is water pressure. It sounds like the valve is not ...
jwh20's user avatar
  • 23.3k
2 votes

Where does the lawn string trimmer line go?

Yes, the plastic line goes somewhere around. Then again, two factors mitigate the plastic waste problem: The line is usually quite distinct in color (in regard to grass or soil) and allows for easy ...
fraxinus's user avatar
  • 3,149
2 votes

Yard floods - will replacing a floway drain with a rainwater drain resolve this

This much standing water tells me that you need perforated drainage tile* or pipe* in addition to your drain(s). This will pull water from the ground after it's soaked in as well as removing surface ...
computercarguy's user avatar
2 votes

Does green pool water damage St. Augustine grass and plants?

Yes, yes, yes, you can use the pool water to irrigate your plants, or just pump it into the St. Augustine. St. Augustine is a particularly hardy type of grass. Pool water does not have any chemicals ...
Cheery's user avatar
  • 5,475
2 votes

Why does my Kobalt KST 2540-06 weed eater stop every minute?

Likely, there is a thermal switch, which shuts the motor if it gets hot. However, the motor should run quite cool unless there is undue friction. Look for something wound around the motor shaft. Some ...
DrMoishe Pippik's user avatar
1 vote

Increasing water supply for an irrigation system

Ok when your pressure flow is low you start breaking the system into zones, rainbird has easy to program controllers that allow you to add multiple zones so the lack of pressure flow for your system ...
Ed Beal's user avatar
  • 103k
1 vote

How can I prevent my lawnmower from spreading red thatch?

Wash the mower with a hose or pressure washer. In addition, bag the clippings.
almostengr's user avatar
1 vote

Should an irrigation manifold/valve box be situated in the yard (centipede) or landscaping (pine straw)?

I think the reason you haven’t received any answers it is an opinion on where things should go, just like the valve close to the bush (the bush was probably planted later). I like the valves to be ...
Ed Beal's user avatar
  • 103k

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible